‘Big River” brought a big night to Schenectady during midwinter of 1988. The musical about Huck Finn and his friends on the Mississippi River played Proctor’s Theatre in Schenectady — now known as Proctors — on Feb. 13. The show became the main attraction for the Proctor’s Theatre Gala. Cocktails and dinner were served at the Carl Co. department store, where clothing racks were replaced with dining tables and decorations. After the show, first-nighters enjoyed nightcaps at Southern-themed parties at Peggy’s restaurant and OTB’s Imperial Racing Center.
S. Larry and Nancy Feldman, left, join Liz and Dennis Madden at the Proctor’s Gala. Madden was then the theater's executive director.
Schenectady Mayor Karen B. Johnson talks to friends Mr. and Mrs. Philip Stark at the Proctor’s Gala “Plantation Cotillion” at OTB's Imperial Racing Center on State Street.
Ester Gardner, left, and Marie Gorman share laughs during the Proctor’s Theatre Gala.
Sara Landon Socha, left, and Helen George take five for fun during the Proctor’s party at the Carl Co.
From left, Dr. Richard H. Lange, Sallie Hume, Dr. Hans Rozendaal and Kay Rozendaal talk during the Proctor’s Theatre Gala on Saturday, Feb. 13, 1988. The party began with cocktails and dinner at the Carl Co. department store.
Parties and Proctor’s are topics of conversation for, from left, Anthony Renna, Patricia Cimino, Ken Petersen and Gladys Petersen on Feb. 13, 1988. Gladys wears a dress celebrating the Southern theme of the evening.